Part of the Big Ideas

Identifying the rule of a pattern brings predictability and allows one to make generalizations.

One way to think more precisely about how a pattern works is to identify its rule.  This helps children begin to extend their thinking from one situation to another.

© Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative. Reprinted from Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know (2014), Pearson Education.

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